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Thorn & Feather

4 reviews
Self Catering
  • Capacity: 6 people
  • Check-in: 14:00 to 19:00
    Check-out: 11:00
  • Address: Thorn & Feather, Farm 9/499, Vermaaklikheid, 6671, Western Cape
  • All ages welcome
  • From R1 700 per night (sleeps 6)


Thorn & Feather is located near the hamlet of Vermaaklikheid, 35 km from Riversdale and 40 km from Stilbaai. The property is set on a ridge of the Afromontane forest overlooking the Duiwenhoks River, with private access to the river.

This exclusive establishment offers private accommodation for 6 adults with 3 children. The bedrooms are in the form of three separate stone cottages that are interlinked by well maintained walkways hemmed in by low stone walls. Cottage Annabelle has a queen-size bed and a single bed that is suitable for a child. Astrid cottage has a queen size bed and two single beds for children, and it features a toilet and outside shower. Sam cottage is fitted with a queen-size bed. Guests have access to a separate toilet, an outside shower, and a bathhouse fitted with a stone bath and shower, and exceptional views. Piping hot water is supplied by a large boiler that is prepared daily by member of staff.

The main building boasts a fully equipped, self-catering kitchen and dining area with large folding doors that open onto a porch. The kitchen is equipped with a fridge-freezer, second freezer, gas oven, gas stove, bar fridge, traditional cooking hearth and cooking utensils.

The porch contains sliding windows, blinds, and an inside braai, living area and a large, comfortable daybed. The open deck is equipped with a round fire pit, more braai facilities, and a plunge pool. The deck continues into a walkway which leads to a lower deck that is situated under trees, also with views of the river. There is a larger pool and deck chairs for relaxing and swimming in fresh water supplied by a nearby spring.

After the two decks guests travel a short distance under a dense canopy of milkwood trees to the river bank. There is a rudimentary boat launch site and a fully stocked watersports store containing triple, double and single canoes, double and single kayaks, and two Stand Up Paddle Boards, paddles and children's life jackets.

Activities in the area include angling, bird watching, boating, canoeing, kayaking and stand-up paddleboarding, hiking, and mountain biking. A beautiful, uncrowded beach can be reached by kayak or boat at the river mouth. There is top class surfing in the Stilbaai area, roughly 25 minutes on a gravel road from the farm.

Sleeping Arrangements

A booking at Thorn & Feather includes:

Queen Bed Child-Only Mattress for 1
Bedroom 1
Sleeps 3 people
1 xQueen Bed
1 xChild-Only Mattress for 1
Double Bed Child-Only Mattress for 2
Bedroom 2
Sleeps 4 people
1 xDouble Bed
1 xChild-Only Mattress for 2
Queen Bed
Bedroom 3
Sleeps 2 people
1 xQueen Bed


Swimming Pool
Braai Area
Pets by Arrangement
Secure Parking


  • Swimming Pool
  • Braai Area
  • Kitchen Facilities
  • Laundry Service
  • Malaria Free
  • Pets by Arrangement
  • Self Catering
  • Serviced Daily

Activities Onsite

  • Fishing
  • Bird Watching
  • Swimming

Activities Nearby

  • Fishing
  • Bird Watching
  • Mountain Biking

Languages Spoken

  • Afrikaans
  • English

Parking Facilities

  • Secure Parking

Payments Accepted Onsite

  • Electronic Bank Transfer

Review Summary

5 out of 5from 4 reviews for Thorn & Feather
Value for money


  • Thorn & Feather, Farm 9/499, Vermaaklikheid, 6671, Western Cape
  • Guests think Thorn & Feather is in an excellent location
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From R1 700
per night (sleeps 6)
From R1 700
per night (sleeps 6)
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  • Capacity: 6 people
  • Check-in: 14:00 to 19:00
    Check-out: 11:00
  • Address: Thorn & Feather, Farm 9/499, Vermaaklikheid, 6671, Western Cape
  • All ages welcome From R1 700  per night (sleeps 6) 4 5 1 5 Thorn & Feather Farm 9/499 6671 Western Cape 0860 022 102 14:00-19:00 11:00 -34.329248954907 21.021978136246